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Garmin DriveSmart 86 with Amazon Alexa

Product Code: GDS86

Garmin DriveSmart 86 car sat nav features a 8-inch touchscreen glass display, WSVGA colour TFT with white backlight which can be viewed in dual-orientation - landscape or portrait mode. The Garmin DriveSmart 86 is preloaded with UK and European street-level road maps.

The Garmin DriveSmart 86 also include Garmin Live Services. Garmin Live Services provides you with access real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices and smart notifications when the DriveSmart 86 sat nav is paired with your compatible smartphone using the Garmin Drive app.

Environmental Zone Routing, 3D buildings and terrain, Garmin Real Directions landmark guidance, Lane Assist/Junction View and Driver Alerts are some of the built-in features the Garmin DriveSmart 86 ultilise to make navigating to your destination easier and greener.

Make calls hands-free with the Garmin DriveSmart 86 when paired with your compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. Convenient Garmin voice assist lets you ask for directions to places you want to go. What's more built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows easy map and software updates without a computer.

When you pair the Garmin DriveSmart 86 with the compatible BC 40 Wireless Reversing Camera or Garmin BC50 reversing cameras (sold separately), you can easily see vehicles, pedestrians and other obstacles behind your vehicle. View Garmin DriveSmart 86 accessories.


Garmin DriveSmart 86 with Amazon Alexa - £329.99


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Garmin DriveSmart 86 car sat navs both feature a 8-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen display which displays 3D buildings and terrain. UK and European street-level mapping is preloaded to the Garmin DriveSmart 86. In addition Garmin Live Traffic (when paired with a compatible smartphone and using the Garmin Drive App) is available to help you avoid roadworks' and road traffic accidents, redirecting you around delayed traffic. Ready to use straight from the box, the vehicle power cable and suction cup mount are both included.

We sell two versions of the Garmin DriveSmart 86 the difference between the two is that one (Product Code: GDS86A) additionaly includes built-in Amazon Alexa. With Alexa built-in, you can ask to play music, listen to audiobooks, hear the news and more - all while you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road (Alexa-enabled version only, available only in English and German languages). Please note: Product Code: GDS86 does not include built-in Alexa.

The Garmin DriveSmart 86 models are voice-activated and can be paired with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone for handsfree calling and Garmin Live services. When Garmin Live services are accessed you can receive real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices and smart notifications when the sat nav is paired with your compatible smartphone using the Garmin Drive app. Convenient Garmin voice assist lets you ask for directions to places you want to go.

The Garmin DriveSmart 86 satnav is road trip ready with TripAdvisor traveller ratings and millions of Foursquare POI's (hotels, restauarants and attractions along you route and near your destination). Up Ahead feature also provides food, fuel and other milestones (e.g. upcoming cities, etc.)

You have the option to download the Garmin Drive app that gives you real-time information displayed right along the side of your navigation screen such as live parking, weather conditions, text messages and other notifications from your phone.

The Garmin DriveSmart 86 includes Environmental Zone Routing - Environmental Zone routing gives guidance and warnings about Environmental Zones on your route. In addition you will also receive Driver Alerts which provide warnings to sharp curves, speed changes, safety cameras, level crossings and more to improve the safety of your driving by giving you pre-warning to the different potential hazards.

High-quality Garmin City Navigator series mapping provides clear maps for simple navigation to the inputted destination especially with the latest screen WSVGA colour TFT with white backlight which uses the latest technology for clear mapping and onscreen directions. You can add additional country mapping or update the existing European maps anytime you desire (e.g. North America, Australia, South Africa and more). Type in addresses to find destination and find millions of POIs. If you misspell you are provided with suggestions that are similar to what you are typing which may be what you are intending to type so exact match searches are not essential.

Pair with Garmin BC 40 wireless backup camera or Garmin BC50 reversing cameras (sold separately). See vehicles, pedestrians and other obstacles directly on the sat nav display and improve safety when reversing.

Built-in WiFi connectivity makes it easy to keep your maps and software up to date without using a computer. On-screen cues show when new updates are available.

Garmin DriveSmart 86 Features

‣8-inch touchscreen glass display, WSVGA colour TFT with white backlight
‣Dual-orientation display - landscape or portrait mode
‣FREE lifetime street-level here mapping. Preloaded mapping for Full Europe
‣Live traffic information via smartphone using Garmin's App
‣Turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names
‣Displays your route, speed limit, current speed, time of arrival, name of current street and it can also display points of interest such as food, fuel and cash machines.
‣Environmental Zone Routing
‣3D buildings and terrain
‣Garmin Real Directions landmark guidance
‣Lane Assist/Junction View - indicates the correct lane choice for upcoming turns and exits
‣Alerts to sharp curves, speed changes, railway crossings, animal crossings and school zones
‣PhotoReal junction for navigation at road junctions
‣Includes built-in Amazon Alexa
‣Built-in WiFi connectivity for easy device updates
‣Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling through your Garmin sat-nav
‣Smartphone connectivity for smart notifications including text messages and calendar reminders
‣Look up addresses and millions of FourSquare points of interest
‣Speed camera and Red Light Camera locations database (not available in all regions)
‣Compatible with both the BC40 reversing camera and BC50 reversing cameras (sold separately)
‣1 hour battery life
‣2 year manufacturers guarantee


The Garmin DriveSmart 86 includes everything you need to mount and install it in your car. Included when you purchase from ActiveGPS is a suction cup mount to make installing and removing your DriveSmart 86 simple, quick and easy.

The most popular place to locate the satnav is at the bottom, middle of the windscreen where you can see the satnav easiest. Plus the satnavs dash cam will have a good view of the road ahead.

It is also possible to add a reversing camera to your vehicle with the Garmin DriveSmart 86 screen acting as a monitor. This is an optional extra. Two different Garmin Back-Up Cameras (BC) are compatible with the Garmin DriveSmart 86, these are the Garmin BC40 reversing camera and Garmin BC50 reversing cameras.

Map Coverage

Garmin DriveSmart 86 is preloaded with City Navigator NT mapping for Full Europe (UK and Ireland, Western and Eastern Europe).

These maps can be updated FREE for the life of the product, when you register your DriveSmart 86 with Garmin UK.

here maps provide high quality detailed street level maps, which in addition to street information include features such as route calculation, Points of Interest (POI), Estimated Time of Arrival, and more.

Further Garmin DriveSmart 86 maps are available on SD card which insert directly into the Garmin DriveSmart 86. Available Garmin DriveSmart 86 maps include North America, Australia and New Zealand, Middle East and Southeast Asia.

What's in the box? (when purchased from

‣Garmin DriveSmart 86 with Amazon Alexa
Vehicle suction cup mount
‣Vehicle power cable
‣CLA adapter
‣Quick start manual

Garmin DriveSmart 86 Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin DriveSmart 86? Accessories available to purchase include a leather carrying case, mini USB to USB-C adapter and vehicle reversing camera. Along with these accessories, it is also possible to buy replacement parts such as suction cup mount and vehicle charger and two different wireless reversing cameras including the Garmin BC50 Wireless Camera with Night Vision.

Garmin DriveSmart 86 Carrying Case


‣Safely store your DriveSmart 86's large 8-inch screen with this zip close carry case.

Garmin DriveSmart 86 XL Portable Friction Mount


‣Mount your DriveSmart 86 on your vehicles dashboard using this weighted friction mount.

Garmin BC50 Wireless Camera with Night Vision


‣Add a wireless reversing camera with Night Vision to your Garmin DriveSmart 86 sat nav.

Garmin DriveSmart 86 Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS / WiFi / Bluetooth
‣Display: 8-inch touchscreen (1,280 x 800 pixels)
‣Display Type: Multi-touch, glass, WSVGA colour TFT with white backlight
‣Dual-orientation display: Yes
‣Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
‣Battery Life: up to 1 hour depending on usage and settings
‣Installation: Plug and Play
‣Power: 12 volt, Vehicle Power Cable
‣Internal Storage: 32GB
‣Dimensions: Width - 192mm, Height - 119mm, Depth - 18mm
‣Weight: 295.2g
‣Guarantee: 2-year
Garmin DriveSmart 86 manual

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This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.

Updates to this product are via the internet. At this product page we state compatibility with specific versions of current internet connection devices, for example: PC, laptop, MAC, smartphone etc. The Consumer Contract Regulations allow you 14 days, from receipt of purchase, to check compatibility with your internet connection device/s. If you choose to replace or update your PC, MAC etc. neither we nor the manufacturer will be responsible if the new/replacement Operating System (OS) is not compatible with the purchased product.

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Page last reviewed: 15th March 2024

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